Washington, Hamilton Drafted in the 3rd Round

Two former Tigers were taken during the first day of the 2004 NFL Draft Saturday. DT Donnell Washington was taken in the 3rd round by the Green Bay Packers, and WR Derrick Hamilton was taken by the San Francisco 49ers.

Donnell Washington was taken as the 72nd overall selection by the Green Bay Packers.

Washington, who is considered to be one of the most physically gifted athletes in the draft, ran the fastest time of any defensive tackle at the NFL Combine back in February at 5.0 seconds.

Washington led Clemson's defensive front in tackles with 56 during the 2003 season. He had 10 tackles for loss, including four sacks and led the team in quarterback pressures with 25. He had a season high nine tackles at Wake Forest and had eight in the win over Duke. Washington started all 13 games each of the last two seasons.

Derrick Hamilton was taken as the 77th overall selection by the San Francisco 49ers.

Hamilton concluded the season with 62 receptions for 1026 yards and 10 touchdowns. He finished his career as the school's all-time leader in receptions, kickoff return yards, and all-purpose running. He had 167 catches, breaking Rod Gardner's record by one. He joined Gardner as the only players in Clemson history to gain over 1000 yards receiving on one season. His 10 reception touchdowns established a Clemson single season record. He averaged 34.5 yards per kickoff return this year, including a 100-yard return against North Carolina.

Both players left Clemson after their junior years and both were second-team All-ACC players last season.

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